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State prison overcrowding relief efforts create new issues for counties

Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "non-serious" crimes to county jails.

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Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "non-serious" crimes to county jails.

Governor Jerry Brown's so-called realignment plan was designed to respond to a federal court order to relieve overcrowding in state prison. But that plan is creating a new set of issues, including overcrowding in county jails, which are already in a state of duress.

That is the finding of a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California. For more on this we're joined by Paige St. John of the Los Angeles Times.


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